Welcome Aboard The
Aviation Boatswain's Mates Association!

Established in 1974 as the professional working organization of the Navy's finest Sailors, Aviation Boatswain's Mates, in order to collectively identify, and develop corrective action to the problems that plague our Sailors, our Equipment, and Naval Aviation Safety.

Since our founding we have been extraordinarily successful in providing numerous improvements in the areas of aircraft launch and recovery, refueling, aircraft handling, and more effective fire fighting procedures.

The Aviation Boatswain's Mates Association continues to have an annual Professional Working Group where old friendships can be renewed, and new friendships formed, but most importantly a place where AB's can gather and have their voices head as they join an excellent forum for problem resolution. The Professional Working Groups "workshops" are professionally oriented and are attended by shipboard fleet and shore based personnel along with system command level technical specialist, in-service engineering agents, and manpower management directors.

Workshop results are then forwarded to the office of the Chief of Naval Operations for review and future correction. No other group enjoys this "avenue to the top brass" as does the AB community.

A message from our National President

AB Warriors,

I hope this finds you all doing well and feeling well. I am approaching my first month on the job and could not be happier with the ABMA Staff and Board of Directors in helping make the transition between me and CDR Flores so seamless and successful.

The team has been busy getting the ship store stocked and encourage all of you to visit the abmashipstore.square.site and take a look at of the merchandise that is available. If you have ideas for merchandise please feel free to use the “contact us” option on the page to let us know if there is something else you would like to see. The off-site store (abmashipstore.qbstores.com) has a myriad of items that can be customized to meet your needs. This is a great time of year to be an AB. There has been a slew of recent promotions and selections for promotions this month and I want to personally congratulate all of you for your hard work and dedication to our craft. You all clearly deserve the opportunity to serve our rate in a higher capacity and we look forward to your dedication for years to come.

My goal is to try and go live on Facebook once a month to answer any questions that you may have. Feel free to send those questions to the ABMA PAO (pao@abma-usn.org). Our next FACEBOOK live session will be on 06 October 21 at 1800 EST. As we continue to press through the COVID Pandemic and a plethora of other things that might be overwhelming to some, please know there are some available resources and assistance that can be found on the va.gov website. We are not immune to challenges that exist and we must be willing to ask for help when we need it.

I hope that you all find some time to enjoy the fall weather and I look forward to hearing from you all at the next Facebook live event.

Very Respectfully

CDR Keith W. King
ABMA President

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